Luke Goodrich joined the Becket Fund as Legal Counsel in 2008. Since then, he has represented religious organizations and individuals in a wide array of religious liberty disputes at both the trial and appellate level, including cases brought under the Free Exercise Clause, Establishment Clause, Free Speech Clause, and major civil rights statutes. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he teaches constitutional law.
During his time at Becket, Luke has argued and won precedent-setting cases in the Third, Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. In 2009, he was appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado to argue an Establishment Clause appeal on behalf the Becket Fund and several states. And he was part of the Becket Fund legal team that won three major Supreme Court cases in three years: Holt v. Hobbs (2014), which protected the right of a Muslim to practice his faith in prison; Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014), which protected family business owners from being forced to violate their faith; and Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC (2012), which protected the right of churches to select their ministers. The Wall Street Journal called Hosanna-Tabor one of “the most important religious liberty cases in a half century.”
Luke has often appeared in the national media to discuss religious liberty issues, including appearances on CNN, Fox News, ABC World News, PBS, and NPR, among others. He has also been quoted in many major newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune.
Before joining the Becket Fund, Luke was an appellate attorney at Winston & Strawn in Washington, D.C., where he represented clients at all levels of state and federal courts in environmental, patent, bankruptcy, criminal, and constitutional cases. He drafted numerous Supreme Court briefs, and successfully argued a Third Circuit appeal, overturning a state murder conviction and life sentence on constitutional grounds.
From 2005-06, Luke served as an international legal and research advisor at the U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Before that, he clerked for Judge Michael W. McConnell on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Luke received his B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from Wheaton College (IL). He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with high honors, where he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
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